Map Quest
By S. Andrea Koverman
Have you ever been so sure of where you were headed that you didn’t notice the various signs along the way telling you that you were actually headed in the wrong direction? Admittedly geographically challenged, I recently had just such an incident, and it made me think about our discernment journeys.

S. Peggy and I were going to a board meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, about a five-hour drive from our home. I hopped on I-10 and went right into autopilot mode. We were enjoying each other’s company and so engrossed in conversation that neither of us paid any attention to all the familiar indicators along the way that should have alerted us that we were heading towards Tucson, Arizona, instead of our intended destination of Santa Fe. We didn’t question that we were on the right path until we got a text 165 miles later from S. Carol asking, “Where are you?” To answer her, we had to actually stop and think about it!

Discernment can be like that, too. We may set our sights on a goal we have named, a decision we’ve made, or an idea of what we think we should or have to do with our life. Without paying close attention to indications to the contrary, we may plow ahead on autopilot and end up going the wrong way or taking much longer to get where we should be than necessary. We may even discover that the map that once served us well just doesn’t match the terrain anymore and we need a new one.

A helpful tool for discerning the path you are on can be to do a spiritual autobiography, taking a look backwards from as early as you can remember and imagining that God was your mapmaker (which is true!). Recall moments that touched your heart, attracted your attention, appealed to your sense of purpose or call. You may be surprised at what pops up in your consciousness. One memory that surfaced for me was when I was about 10 years old. I had watched a movie about Joan of Arc and was so inspired by her faith and courage that I told God that if I was needed to serve a great purpose like Joan was, I wanted to. I had forgotten all about that, but in looking back it was a clear affirmation to me as I was discerning religious life. As you reflect, you may find affirmations that indeed you are moving in the right direction. But you also may discover indications that God is inviting you to make a slight deviation in your route, to take an altogether unexpected turn, or simply to pull over at a rest stop and give it some serious thought.

Though unnerving, it is important to practice “holy detachment” while engaged in this practice. As St. Elizabeth Ann Seton said, “Let us abandon ourselves to the Providence of God and be on our guard not to anticipate it.” In other words, don’t be so sure of your destination, so tightly guarded against being derailed that you miss all the signposts and indications that God may have other plans for you. Let go of predetermined outcomes and be open to the adventure of your life with Jesus at the wheel!
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February 2, 2020
World Day for Consecrated Life
 
February 2, 2020
Sunday of Reflection: We Vow Our Lives to God , 9:30 a.m. Mass, 10:45 a.m. presentation, Motherhouse
 
February 14, 2020
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February 26, 2020
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March 8-14, 2020
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